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The Bakersville Dozen Hardcover – August 8, 2017
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“Fans of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series and Gretchen McNeil’s Ten will love this intense chiller, with psychological suspense and romantic drama that add to the past pace and confusion Bailey feels as she tries to discern who she can trust. The video, and the inability to remove it from the internet as it continues to impact the girls’ lives, is a sad reflection of the frustrating reality of sexual harassment in our digital age.” ―RT Reviews
"From the painfully high stakes to the heart-pounding timeline, this twisty thriller left me breathless! McBride's tale hits eerily close to home, too, reminding us how quickly things can turn from bad to much, much worse." ―Natalie D. Richards, author of One Was Lost
"McBride’s prose is vivid, creating a tense atmosphere tainted with secrecy and lies. Teens will devour this mystery." ―School Library Journal
"A fast-paced thriller with plot twists, intrigue, and revelations practically on every page. . . . Clever, taut storytelling." Kirkus Reviews on A Million Times Goodnight
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"A Million Times Goodnight explores the power we all have to alter our own future." Gwendolyn Heasley, author of Don't Call Me Baby and Where I Belong
"Tense! The constant push and pull of frienship, pain, love, and jealousy is beautifully drawn. A definite must read." Jay Asher, New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us on The Tension of Opposites
"Infused with page-turning mystery, One Moment is as heartbreakingly real as it is unexpectedly romantic." Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived
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I really enjoyed The Bakersville Dozen. McBride crafted a captivating story that seemed "ripped from the headlines", built a great backstory, and filled it with lots of mystery. The thing I always love about mysteries is looking for the pieces of the puzzle, and assembling them in an attempt to solve the crime. McBride was very sly in the way she planted and revealed the clues, which only added to the fun. There were twists, turns, and even some red herrings. I was deceived several times. Just when I thought I knew "whodunit", a piece of information would be uncovered and prove me wrong. I did up being partially right, but I would have never guessed the mastermind behind this nefarious plot.
This book was more than a mystery though. It had all the makings of a great suspense-thriller. There were many times when my heart rate increased, and I found myself biting mynas. There was a spooky quality that permeated most of this tale, and this constant tension that kept me wondering what was next. It all just added to the thrill ride McBride took me on.
This wouldn't be a review by me, if I omitted my thoughts on the romance. I didn't expect it, but it was there, and I really liked it. McBride admirably integrated the romance into the story. It did not seem forced to me, and although it took a looooong time, we finally got some answers and resolutions regarding said romance. I was quite pleased with the way McBride tied up this storyline, as well as all the other loose ends in the book.
This book toyed with my emotions and pulled on my heartstrings. It took me on quite a wild ride, and I was throughly entertained by this fast-paced mystery/thriller.
The Bakersville Dozen are a group of girls who were featured in a video, which was released anonymously and is completely untraceable, that gives them all risqué nicknames and shows them in compromising positions. Bailey “Like A Virgin” Holzman is trying to navigate her life post-high school and post-video. She thought she was just going to go off to college and be with her high school boyfriend, Jude, but when she stumbles upon a horrifying scene and finds a red envelope with her name on it, she ends up going on a morbid and terrifying scavenger hunt.
And when someone from her past shows up, her world gets shaken a little more.
Unpopular opinion: I love love triangles. They’re classic, and while they can go wrong, McBride does it so well. You feel every hesitation, skipped heartbeat, and breathless moment that Bailey feels. And even though I was team Wes from the beginning, I really, really liked Jude, too.
McBride effortlessly weaves a scorching romance into this summer thriller and does it with the utmost elegance. It never felt distracting or out of place. And what else would bring two lovers closer together than going on a deathly scavenger hunt?
Kristina McBride weaves a delicate web in which the reader will continue to change allegiances and not even trust themselves. You’ll have your favorites, but will you trust them? No. And that’s why The Bakersville Dozen is so exciting. I have never been so discombobulated in my entire life. Every new chapter, I was all, “Oh! It has to be this person.” And then the next chapter, my entire theory would change. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading The Bakersville Dozen.
Kristina McBride truly finds her unique voice in The Bakersville Dozen. It was her most mature novel to date. Her words left me satisfied yet hungry for more. I didn’t want to put this book down.